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On Thursday, May 29, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's terra.nasa.gov Terra satellite observed Tropical Storm Alma as it was making landfall in Nicaragua. The familiar shape of a hurricane -- a pinwheel of clouds spinning around an obvious eye -- is hard to make out in the image. The center of circulation was just offshore, south of the city of León. The remains of the storm headed north, and by May 31, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer modis.gsfc.nasa.gov (MODIS) on NASA's aqua.nasa.gov Aqua satellite collected the bottom image, they were helping to fuel Tropical Storm Arthur. The image shows the storm making landfall at Belize.
According to www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2008/tws/MIATWSEP_may.shtml? the National Hurricane Center, Alma was the first tropical storm ever to make landfall on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, and it was the first Pacific tropical storm to strike anywhere on the coast of Central America since 1949.
You can download a eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov/images/imagerecords/8000/8803/arthur_tmo_2008152.kmz 250-meter-resolution KMZ file of the storms suitable for use with earth.google.com/ Google Earth.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data obtained from the ladsweb.nascom.nasa.gov/ Goddard Land Processes data archives (LAADS). Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.
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